Epsy Campbell Barr is making history in Costa Rica by becoming the first ever Afro-Latina Vice President of the Central American country, as well as the first black female Vice President in Latin America.
Epsy, who won alongside President-elect Carlos Alvarado Quesada, is a longtime politician who served in the legislature from 2002 until 2006. She is also a co-founder of Costa Rica’s Citizen’s Action Party and was the head of the Center For Women of African Descent, the Alliance of Leaders of African Descent in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Black Parliament of the Americas.
During an interview with CRHoy.com, Epsy spoke not only about making history, but the responsibility that comes along with being elected Vice President. “It would not be the first only in Costa Rica, but in Latin America. And eventually, if the president leaves the country, (I would be) the first woman of African descent to assume the presidency in the entire American continent. It’s a big responsibility,” she says.
One of Campbell’s campaign points was a desire to reduce the gender pay gap in Costa Rica. According to Jezebel, both Campbell and Quesada ran on a platform of unity, infrastructure, and reducing inequality.
“It will be a responsibility not only to represent people of African descent but to represent all women and men in the country, a country that gives us all the same opportunities,” added Epsy.